The Covina-Valley Unified School District Homeless Education Program was designed to provide assistance to homeless students and their families in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, an integral part of No Child Left Behind.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: All school-aged homeless children are entitled to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. Definition of Homeless: A student between the ages of 0 to 22, who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and:
- Has a primary nighttime residence that is a shelter designated to provide temporary living accommodations such as shelters, motels/hotels, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing
- Lives in a car, park, abandoned building, public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Lives temporarily in a trailer park or camping area due to the lack of adequate living accommodations.
- Lives “doubled-up” with another family, due to loss of housing, stemming from financial problems
- Is abandoned at a hospital
- Resides in a home for school-aged, unwed mother or mother-to-be, if there are no other available living accommodations
- Is awaiting foster care in limited circumstances but does not include placement in a foster family, foster family agency or group home
- Is placed by the state in an emergency shelter due to lack of alternative housing
- Is an abandoned or runaway youth or migratory child living in any of the circumstances described above.